John Wes Townley Dover International Speedway Advance
DRIVER FAVORITE: If you ask Red Horse Racing driver John Wes Townley what one of his favorite race tracks is, he will reply Dover International Speedway. With the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season five races in, the 23 year-old driver has had many positive experiences with his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team and looks forward to adding to them at Dover.
TRIPLE THREAT AT DOVER: Crew chief Mike Beam is a four-time winner at Dover International Speedway and has captured a win in each of NASCAR's three premier series as crew chief. Beam earned the Cup Series win with driver Bill Elliott in 1990 where they were able to win after starting on the pole. It was 2006 when Mark Martin was coached by Beam into victory lane in the Truck Series. And in 2011, Beam went back-to-back with Carl Edwards in the Nationwide Series winning both races at Dover that season, where they started from first and second respectively.
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CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team will utilize Chassis No. 001 on Friday night at Dover International Speedway. Chassis 001 collected four consecutive top-five finishes on intermediate tracks in 2012 at Michigan International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
MEET & GREET: Townley, along with teammates Timothy Peters and German Quiroga will head to the Lucas Oil display in the FanZone outside turn four after qualifying on Friday, May 31st from 1:30 - 2:15 for a Truck Series autograph session.
REARVIEW MIRROR - CHARLOTTE: The shining star for the Red Horse lineup was John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Townley drove a masterful race after starting in the 18th position and drove into the top-10, collecting an 8th place finish which tied his previous career high NASCAR Camping World Truck Series captured at Pocono Raceway in August 2012.
John Wes Townley on Dover International Speedway:
What is it about Dover that makes it one of your favorite tracks?
"I love the speed. I've always enjoyed racing at Bristol and before I raced at Dover I thought man Bristol would be a lot more fun if the straight-aways were longer. So running at Dover, it was like my dream came true. The speed really hustles your Toyota Tundra. I'm really looking forward to continuing our progress on this Zaxby's team.
Your Crew Chief Mike Beam has a win in every series at Dover. Does that give you more confidence heading into the weekend?
"I don't have any expectations, but he does help me a lot as far as confidence goes and him having the experience and knowledge to help out. I think we will definitely be able to put that knowledge to use and it'll be a great weekend for our Zaxby's Toyota Tundra."